Ewok’s Struggle for Freedom

War. It’s one of those aspects of human nature that no one wants, however, we can’t seem to avoid taking part in its dark journey. So why then does it exist? For the Galactic Empire, under the rule of its emperor Darth Sidious, they used propaganda to preserve peace and order in the galaxy; peace through fear and oppression that tread over the citizens. The problem with maintaining control over an entire galactic population is that over time the people begin to get tired–tired of having their freedom taken away, of living in fear, of having their voice silenced. Eventually, the people will rebel, despite knowing their means and/or methods will probably be outgunned and out-manned, the need to live a free life unafraid to speak their minds makes it worth the fight.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #5

This review of Darth Vader #5 contains minor spoilers.

Now we know the truth about Mustafar.

The rocky and molten planet is far more than we ever thought it was and could be.

It’s name forever enshrined with not just Anakin Skywalker’s first mission for Darth Sidious, but as the fulcrum that destroyed who Anakin was and turned him, completely, into Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith.

You’ll be reading a lot of hyperbole about this issue — written by Charles Soule, penciled by Giuseppe Camucoli, inked by Cam Smith, colored by David Curiel, lettered by VC’s Joe Caramagna and edited by Heather Antos and Jordan D. White.

It’s true, all of it, to paraphrase Han Solo in The Force Awakens.

Darth Vader #5 may well go down in Star Wars lore as the most pivotal tale of how Vader forever cast off any trappings of whatever good lay buried deep within him. Read more

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The Lies

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Recently I’ve become something of a big Wonder Woman fan. Earlier this year DC Comics went through a universe reset and all the comic series started new stories. The first arc of the Wonder Woman series, written by Greg Rucka who should be familiar to Star Wars fans, is called “The Lies.” It takes Diana on a journey to uncover the truth of her past that has become nothing but a shroud of mystery. Naturally, this got me thinking about “The Lies” that permeate the Star Wars saga. Truth and lies are common elements that follow through all the films, shows, books, and comics.

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Melinda’s Brew: The ABCs of Star Wars (5)

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To say I’ve been walking around feeling like a giddy schoolgirl is … well, an understatement. 🙂 With just a tad bit more than 100 days to go [see this blog’s end for the exact number] until “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” debuts in theaters around the country, that is exactly how I feel! 🙂 And why not? All of us were under the impression that “Revenge of the Sith” would be the last feature film to be released that centered on the galaxy far, far away. It wasn’t all that long ago that we learned that wasn’t to be the case, and now we have something tangible to which to look forward! 🙂 New characters. New environments. New multi-layered stories. I can’t wait!

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Anakin Skywalker: The Enigma of Everyone — A Guest Blog by Brandon Boylan, Part 2

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Young, impressionable Anakin Skywalker’s feelings are molded by Palpatine’s words, particularly those that speak of Anakin’s greatness and the Council’s foolishness. Anakin would be around his 20s in the time of The Clone Wars, and while he does have a vast amount of life experience, he also has seen a great amount of success, which can only stroke one’s natural youthful ego. Palpatine plays directly into this attitude.

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Anakin Skywalker: The Enigma of Everyone — A Guest Blog by Brandon Boylan, Part 1

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The Force has awakened. The Star Wars era seems to have truly begun. Yet far from the machinations of the past, we must not stray. For where we come from leads to where we are going, and where we are going will bring more nuance to where we have been. Where then, have we been? We have been, through both the prequel and original trilogy, in the story that is the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker.

This has, I believe, too often been forgotten. Numerous reasons make this so, ranging from the disdain for the prequels, to the vastness of the Star Wars galaxy, the apparent need to separate the prequels from the original trilogy, and, as of late, the emphasis on the practical effects that are being so greatly promoted as a part of the sequel trilogy.

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Read CWK Co-host Dan Z’s Latest Entry on the Official Star Wars Blog

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Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Zehr has a new installment in his Studying Skywalkers series posted on the official Star Wars Blog. This entry is all about Darth Sidious and the role of dark side mentors in the Star Wars Saga.

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Book Review: Lords of the Sith

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This review contains spoilers for Lords of the Sith

Paul S. Kemp’s Lords of the Sith is a compelling, frequently chilling account of the ultimate Lords of the Sith, Darth Sidious and Darth Vader, as they are hunted on the planet Ryloth by a fledgling group of rebels (the story takes place well before the events of A New Dawn) that seek to assassinate the two alphas, and thereby, set about the demise of the Empire. The novel goes through a few different settings, almost in a serialized fashion, which seems fitting, considering the sandbox Kemp is playing in. The stakes are high for Cham Syndulla (father of Hera, from the animated series Rebels), the leader of this burgeoning rebellion, but the real battle is within Vader, the anti-hero of the novel.

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